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There’s a new Apple phishing scam circling around – here’s how to spot it

Don’t be a victim! Report it!

Phishing emails are one of the oldest internet scams in the book, but that doesn’t stop people from trying. Phishing emails act like a legitimate contact, like your bank or an online subscription, but if you click on the attached links, you will go to a fake site that will ask you to hand over your sensitive information.

The latest scam that has been brought to light falsely claims to be an Apple receipt for a subscription you never purchased, leading you to believe there is malicious activity on your account.

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The email informs users that they purchased a one-month trial, and will be charged at the end of the month. Some emails say that users bought YouTube Red while others are for a Sleep Cycle Premium. The most prominent red flag is that the subscriptions cost $145 per month, which is false. This malicious activity will lead users to click on the “cancel subscription” link and will be directed to a scam page asking for the users Apple ID, password, credit card, and other sensitive information.

If you ever suspect that you have been sent a scam email, never click on the links. Check your purchases on your phone or another device via the provider’s website, those being YouTube, Netflix, etc.

If you do land on a phishing email, Apple asks that you forward fake emails to reportphishing@apple.com so they can follow the right course of action.

Have you seen this latest phishing scam in the wild yet? If so, let us know in the comments below! 

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